Monday, July 03, 2006

AOL Said, 'If You Leave Me I'll Do Something Crazy' - New York Times

I've been warning of the evils of AOL for years, but for those of you who are still using AOL to access the internet, please read this horror story: AOL Said, 'If You Leave Me I'll Do Something Crazy'.

Damned to Fame

Leland de la Durantaye comments on Samuel Beckett's cult of impersonality and the surprisingly enduring popularity of Beckett's art of subtraction.

File a copy for students to read the next time I teach Beckett.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Ambush in Afghanistan

War correspondent Christina Lamb reports on being cornered with her photographer and British Army troops during a Taliban ambush in Zumbeley, Afghanistan. Lamb's essay, 'Have you ever used a pistol?', offers a gripping first-person account of the dangers coalition forces are facing in Afghanistan, where, contrary to previous claims of victory, the Taliban remain a powerful presence. Would the situation in Afghanistan be better today if the U.S. military had not rushed to wage war in Iraq? The deteriorating conditions in Afghanistant suggest that the U.S. military should have been allowed to soundly defeat the Taliban and Al Quaida in Afghanistan rather than being forced to redeploy its resources for the invasion of Iraq.